FROMTHE PASTOR'S PORCH: Plain and Simple
I don't know about you, but I sometimes grow quite weary of life bein'so cotton pickin' complicated. We have just about “thought” our way into total chaos in this life. Don't you long for the days whenlife was plain and simple? You know what I'm talkin' about; backwhen men said what they meant and they meant what they said. A simple hand shake and a man's word meant something and you didn't
have to have a stack of paper work, a signed contract, and a computer to get something done. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:3 that he feared that our minds might get corrupted from “the simplicity that is in Christ”, and that is a lot of the problem in our society today. We have complicated our life by wandering away from the simplicity God intended us to have in our life.
God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He doesn't change and He
still means what He says. Doesn't that sound simple enough?? It really is. We complicate our life when we think we have found a better way or an excuse for not doing what God says to do. We argue with God. Now the Devil wants you to believe the solution to this problem is very complicated or not even solvable at all!! This of course is a lie from hell and the answer if just plain and simple. Obey God. I can just hear some of you now; “Oh, there's more to it than that. That's just TOO simple” or “that may be simple but it sure is hard!!”.
The plain and simple Truth to an uncomplicated life without all the confusion is to bring all of your “arguments” and “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). “simplicity is the secret to seeing things clearly. A Christian does not think clearly until a long time passes, but a
Christian ought to see clearly without any difficulty. You can't think through spiritual confusion to make things clear; to make things clear, you must obey”-
Oswald Chambers. If your life is full of Spiritual confusion then your emotional life and your physical life will be also. So please don't be tryin' to think up a better way to live your life than what God has already put before you...plain and Simple. Maybe it's time for you to take a good hard look at your complicated life and see where the areas are in your life where there is disobedience. I want
to encourage you today to refresh your relationship with the Lord Jesus and remember that He said, “If you Love me, you will obey my commandments”.
My prayer for all of us today is that we will “take into captivity” all of our foolish ideas and arguments and give them over to “obedience to Christ”. Lord, please help us to see clearly and be obedient to your will for our lives. Let us once again enjoy the beautiful simplicity of being your child. Plain and
Simple......don't you feel better already?? ~Pastor Lynn